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- Print Length: 364 pages
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- Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing (June 4, 2019)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07RM9QLLG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And what a company. And what an industry: high-end audio, the crossroads of technology and culture. Who better to tell the tale of how the worlds of “sex, drugs and Rock & Roll” intersected with an electronics industry spearheaded by space-race innovation at the service of tie-dyed counter-culturalists?
Welcome to the rollicking world of Paul McGowan, who started out as the Huckleberry Hellion of Orange County to become a force in the world of high-end audio.
The book is an adventure story, and the adventure is the second half of the twentieth century.
The core audience for this book is anyone in love with music, its production and reproduction, though anyone who grew up in or wishes to know more about the era of 60’s music and the effects of Vietnam on America will find a treasure-trove here. I would also recommend “99% True” to anyone freshly graduated or to any twenty or thirty-something whose first, second or third efforts in life resulted in failure. It’s wonderful when initial effort leads to success, but the most interesting lives are built on hard-won knowledge that, in the best of cases, matures into hard-won wisdom. I smiled reading the epiphanies detailed on pages 82, 174 and 286, but no peeking; it takes the context of a wild and crazy life to fully appreciate the lessons learned.
Paul McGowan is today an avuncular, respected and successful inventor, entrepreneur and business owner. It did not come easily or quickly, and the story of the journey makes for a memoir I had a hard time putting down. Highly recommended.
I've enjoyed Paul's blogs and videos for a long time and assumed since he and I have similar interests that we both got where we are via the same path and experiences. I couldn't have been more wrong! And like other reviewers have reported, it's very hard to put the book down. Paul --- thank you for your well-told story!
Being 10 years or so younger than him, and from the UK, I found his Vietnam years fascinating, if that’s really the right word. I have a us friend who was a forward targetter like Paul was destined to be and he still suffers from nervous situations as well as hearing loss so he always sits with his back to wall.
A thoroughly enjoyable and sometimes uncomfortable read if you are a bit straight laced and naive about the 60s and 70s like I am.
Top international reviews
If you ever wondered just how hard and long it can be to become highly successful in life, partnership and business this is one incredible story well worth a read. You’ll understand why the book is dedicated to Terri, if only we all had a Terri...
Besides the crazy antics, this book is a lesson in perseverance. While most people would've quit after one or two of Paul's experiences, he kept going and wound up building one of high end audio's great success stories. Read this book to be entertained, to learn a thing or two about business and to be inspired.
Great job Paul. I hope there's a follow up when you talk about the other 1%.
When the book moves to the electronics world, and a look at high-end audio, there's an interesting analysis of the difference between audiophiles and those who settle for audio reproduction. The description of how audiophiles spend incredible amounts of money to NOT hear the electronics and speakers is accurate and mirrors the joys audiophiles (including me) experience and desire. This is likely the best description of high-end audio, and the world it involves, I've seen in print.
There's a lot of interesting anecdotes about those in the high-end audio world, including people like Harry Pearson (The Absolute Sound magazine) and Arnie Nudell (founder of Infinity speakers) along with many others I only know of by reputation and their products. McGowan presents great views into near-legendary individuals in the industry. It's also an interesting commentary on how you can sell lots of audio equipment but not be good in business!
This is a fascinating read, and one I greatly enjoyed. I hated putting the book down for distractions like work. An excellent book for everyone to read.
McGowen erzählt in diesem unterhaltsamen Buch nicht nur seine Lebensgeschichte, sondern auch die Geschichte seiner wirtschaftlichen Misserfolge und Erfolge. Alles dreht sich dabei um die Menschen, die McGowan auf seinem Weg getroffen hat.
Fazit: lesenswert für jeden, der daran interessiert ist, welche Menschen hinter erfolgreichen Geschäften stehen und dass auch "ungerade" Wege nach ganz oben - und zum Glück - führen können.
Having followed Paul for a while now, watching his YouTube videos and admiring the way he can simplify the most complex concepts and explain them to the non-technically minded I was delighted to see him maintain the same clarity in his life story. You don't need to be a high-end audio freak to enjoy this roller-coaster ride!
A must-read for any entrepreneur getting into business.....especially the hi-fi business. Paul made all the mistakes so you don’t have to!